Monthly Archives: October 2016

AmericanAirlines Arena Enhances Fan Experience and Increases Energy Efficiency with Eaton’s Advanced LED Lighting and Controls System


SYRACUSE, N.Y. –Power management company Eaton today announced that AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, home of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA®) Miami HEAT, is installing its advanced Ephesus sports lighting light-emitting diode (LED) and controls system. Featuring industry-leading control functions, the LED system enhances the viewing experience for spectators while reducing energy use by as much as 75 percent.

The Miami HEAT join the Minnesota Timberwolves this season as the first two NBA teams to install Eaton’s Ephesus sports lighting system in their arenas. The HEAT’s first game under the new lights will be tonight, October 11, when the team hosts the Brooklyn Nets in a preseason game. AmericanAirlines Arena joins a growing list of professional sports venues from all four major professional sports organizations to select the Ephesus lighting system.

“We rely heavily on lighting to set the stage for Miami HEAT games, creating the right environment for our players and our fans,” said Michael McCullough, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Miami HEAT. “Eaton’s Ephesus system allows us to introduce dramatic effects and color into our lighting presentations inside AmericanAirlines Arena, and we’re very excited about its unveiling this season.”

Rick Fedrizzi (USGBC) on the White House Announcement of National Green Sports Day

By Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & Founding Chairman, U.S. Green Building Council


Eight years ago, in the nation’s capital, the Washington Nationals Park baseball stadium became the first major professional sports stadium in the country to be recognized for its leadership in sustainable building, achieving LEED® certification and making it a shining example of how sports and sustainability are coming together to make a positive impact on our communities and our planet.

Today, I am excited to see that President Obama has taken note of this special connection between sports and sustainability by issuing a presidential message to inaugurate the first-ever National Green Sports Day.

Athletes inspire us with their leadership—not only on the field or court, but also in our communities and society, where they are speaking up and engaging with their teammates and fans on the impact climate change is having on sports. The stadiums and venues that captivate us in the thrill of the game are increasingly beacons for excellence in energy sustainability through new technologies and innovative strategies to cut carbon pollution, saving millions of dollars each year in the process. I’m encouraged that through these efforts and the voices of our athletes, the fan experience for our children will be a greener one.

We commend the president and the work his administration is doing to support and advance sustainability leaders in sport.

I’m also proud to say that USGBC® has worked with the sports community for more than a decade, establishing a long record of collaboration in helping sports leaders take action to save energy, conserve water, reduce waste and even help transform neighborhoods.

Clearly, these professional sports stadiums and venues are a big part of the story of sustainability leadership in sports. I remember in 2012 when Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, became the first National Football League stadium to achieve LEED certification.

To demonstrate its environmental stewardship, Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, supported clean energy by employing 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines. In 2014, the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium achieved LEED Gold, and just this week, it has recertified to LEED Gold for Existing Buildings, demonstrating its commitment to ongoing performance improvement.

Today, more than 30 professional sport stadiums, arenas and other venues are LEED-certified.

I’m also happy to see the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency teaming up now to gather key energy performance data in sport venues that will help create an Energy Star score for this sector, serving as a national benchmark on energy and water use for sport venues.

Read the full story here.

AEG Adopts Science-Based 2020 Environmental Goal for GHG Emissions Reduction

Company releases 2016 Sustainability Report

Los Angeles, CA (October 11, 2016) –  At SXSW Eco, John Marler, Senior Director, Energy and Environment for AEG, today announced that AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, has adopted a new science-based goal to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and that the company has released its 2016 AEG Sustainability Report.


The announcement underscores AEG’s continued commitment to reducing GHG emissions and its environmental footprint.  Overall, the company has reduced annual GHG emissions by 13% at sites that have been in its portfolio since 2010 — the equivalent of taking 3,200 vehicles off the road.

In its 2016 sustainability report, AEG outlined its progress towards the company’s new set of 2020 Environmental Goals that are based on performance metrics collected from its worldwide venues, festivals and offices.  The new goals will help ensure AEG is making meaningful and measurable reductions to its environmental footprint.

The company’s 2020 goals are as follows:

  • Reduce GHG emissions across all operations by 3.2% per year from 2010 to 2020. This new science-based GHG goal ensures emissions reductions are aligned with recommendations made by the scientific community to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 2 degrees Celsius and will ensure that AEG is doing its part to help avoid the worst of climate change.
  • Reduce potable water use at water-stressed sites by 2.3% per year from 2010 to 2020.  The new water target focuses potable water conservation efforts on sites in “water-stressed” regions as identified by the World Resources Institute.
  • Divert 70% of waste from landfill across all operations by 2020. AEG surpassed its original waste diversion goal of 25% several years ago. Its new 70% target will help AEG move closer to its long-term vision of zero waste.

Read the full press release or view the AEG 2016 Sustainability Report.

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